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University of Pittsburgh

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Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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Bypassing the Blues Study Results Presented at the American Heart Association Annual Meeting

The results of the Bypassing the Blues Study, a randomized controlled trial headed by Bruce L. Rollman, MD, MPH, were presented at the plenary session of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, on November 16, 2009. The results were also featured the same week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The randomized controlled trial took place at seven university-based and community hospitals in and around Pittsburgh. It was designed to test the effectiveness of nurse-led, telephone-delivered collaborative care for patients with symptoms of depression following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The results showed that collaborative care yielded greater improvement of the mental health–related quality of life and physical function of patients with post-CABG depression than did usual physician care.

Congratulations to Dr. Rollman and the coauthors of the study: Bea Herbeck Belnap, Dr Biol Hum, Michelle S. LeMenager, BS, Sati Mazumdar, PhD, Patricia R. Houck, MS, Peter J. Counihan, MB, BCh, Wishwa N. Kapoor, MD, MPH, Herbert C. Schulberg, PhD, MS Hyg, and Charles F. Reynolds III, MD.

For more details, click on information from JAMA, the study Web site, and the University of Pittsburgh.

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